Sunday, October 07, 2012

The End of an Era: R.I.P. Sheriff John

Sad news to share from Los Angeles today:
"Sheriff" John Rovick, the beloved Los Angeles children's TV show host whose gentle, fatherly persona made him a welcome guest in homes throughout the 1950s and '60s, died Saturday morning. He was 93.

Rovick died in his sleep at a nursing facility in Boise, Idaho, said his wife, Jacqueline. A Toledo, Ohio, native who launched his broadcasting career in radio, Rovick was a newly hired staff announcer at KTTV-TV (Channel 11) when the Los Angeles station first went on the air in 1949.
You can read the rest of the L.A. Times obituary here ... and if you weren't lucky enough to grow up with Sheriff John's Lunch Briagade to look forward to and don't know the "Sheriff John Birthday Song" then here's just little glimpse into what you missed:

3 comments:

JCF said...

In Sacramento, we had "Captain Delta".

They don't make children's tv like that anymore...

SUSAN RUSSELL said...

THE BIRTHDAY CAKE POLKA
From the TV Show "Sheriff John's Lunch Brigade"
"Sheriff" John Rovick - 1952


Put another candle on my birthday cake
We're gonna bake a birthday cake
Put another candle on my birthday cake
I'm another year old today

I'm gonna have a party with my birthday cake
Come on and take some birthday cake
Put another candle on my birthday cake
I'm another year old today

We'll have some pie and sandwiches
And chocolate ice cream too
We'll sing and play the day away
And one more thing I'm gonna do

I'll blow out the candles on my birthday cake
And when I do, a wish I'll make
Put another candle on my birthday cake
I'm another year old today

(Musical Interlude)

Put another candle on my birthday cake
We're gonna bake a birthday cake
Put another candle on my birthday cake
I'm another year old today

I'm gonna have a party with my birthday cake
Come on and take some birthday cake
Put another candle on my birthday cake
I'm another year old today

We'll have some pie and sandwiches
And chocolate ice cream, too
We'll sing and play the day away
And one more thing I'm gonna do

I'll blow out the candles on my birthday cake
And when I do, a wish I'll make
Put another candle on my birthday cake
I'm another year old today
(Happy birthday to you)
I'm another year old today.

Mike Christie said...

Both my wife and I grew up with him.